I’m able to check another race off the list for some pregnancy running – the Florida Halloween 5k!
The 5k is paired with a half marathon at a park about 45 minutes away from where I live – Fort Desoto. The half marathon course is the same place I PR’d in the half marathon this past March, so that says a lot about it – its fast! The 5k course is just a little piece of that 13.1 course, so it went by in a flash!
The half marathon started 15 minutes before the 5k, so race day packet pickup was a breeze. I got there about 30 minutes before the start and had no issues getting my bib and t-shirt. I was able to get in a little warmup before the gun went off, which was great. It was actually a little bit chilly for the race, so getting my legs moving was key. The half marathon is definitely what brings the most participants out, so the 5k is a pretty small race. I think there was probably a couple hundred people, max.
My goal for the 5k, just like every race I run until Baby Baum arrives, was to just run and have a good time. I don’t use a GPS or anything to keep my pace. I just run, keeping my heart rate low and at a comfortable place. The course snakes around the nice wide sidewalks of the parks, weaving in and out of the trees and running right by the water.
One of the best parts of the 5k is ever finisher actually receives a medal. This is something that is so few and far between now a days with shorter races, so it was pretty fun to receive one, without having to race such a far distance.
My intention, if I felt ok, was to get in a couple of miles after the race as well. I want to sign up for the Turkey Trot 10k next month, but didn’t want to do so without having run at least 5 miles before then. I was able to get in the extra mileage post race, which was a huge confidence booster. I am definitely going to sign up for the 10k now! Running 5 miles was no big deal so a 10k really shouldn’t be an issue. I was definitely a bit more tired after, not having ran the distance since May when I drastically cut my exercise to get pregnant. I still can’t believe its been that long!